Join us for New Years Eve Around the World

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Ring in the New Year without waiting until midnight!

This New Year’s Eve, Adventure Aquarium will leave its doors open an extra hour – until 6:00 p.m.! So be sure to come by and celebrate the start of 2018 with your fishy friends at the aquarium, while still having time to get home before bed.

This year we’re excited to bring new programming to our New Year’s Eve Splash event, with New Year’s Eve Around the World!

Every hour, during our regularly scheduled animal feedings, we’ll select a country from all corners of the globe to talk about the special ways and traditions each region has for ringing in the new year. Check out the schedule, below!

  • 10:00 a.m. – AUSTRALIA (Little Blue Feed)
  • 11:00 a.m. – INDONESIA (Meet the Divers)
  • 12:00 p.m. – ZIMBABWE (Hippo Feed with Watermelon Drop)
  • 1:00 p.m. – BRAZIL (Piranha Falls Feed)
  • 2:00 p.m. – EAST COAST (Shark Realm Talk)
  • 3:00 p.m. – SOUTH AFRICA (African Penguin Feed)
  • 4:00 p.m. – PHILIPPINES (Ocean Realm Broadcast Feed)
  • 5:00 p.m. – BAHAMAS (Caribbean Currents Feed)

 

Throughout the day we’ll also have a DJ set up in the rotunda for an all-day dance party, with a special “Shell-ebration” dance party with Gill at 1:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., where we’ll celebrate the new year with lots of confetti!

We’ll also have a craft table open all day long, where you’ll be able to color your very own aquarium-themed new year’s sign, and take pictures at our photo station.

Busy during the day? Make sure you come visit us right before close for a breathtaking fireworks display over the Delaware River – from the best viewing spot on the Camden Waterfront! Fireworks will begin just before twilight, at approximately at 6:00 p.m.

We can’t wait to ring in the new year with you!

Come Celebrate the Magic of Christmas!

How is Christmas celebrated in the underwater world?

Every holiday season, Scuba Santa brings the gift of Christmas joy to all the animals and guests of Adventure Aquarium by decorating its exhibits with colorful shells, thousands of twinkling lights, enchanting bubbles and, of course, a bit of magic – and this year, he’s decorated EIGHT more!

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See Santa swim among sharks, sting rays, and schools of fish in the Ocean Realm, home of the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree; partake in our indoor snow shower dance parties; sit with one of Santa’s el-fish helpers as they read a Christmas story; or share your Christmas wishes with him by dropping letters in his special mailbox! You can even enjoy cold milk and warm cookies with Santa during our ‘dry-side’ events (free for members, special ticket required for non-members) on December 8, 9 and 15th!

If you haven’t yet joined us deep beneath the ocean’s surface for a glimpse into the magic of Christmas Underwater, be sure to plan your visit before December 30! Scroll down for a full list activities going on at Adventure Aquarium this month:

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 I BELIEVE IN SCUBA SANTA

Join one of Scuba Santa’s El-fish helpers as we finish getting ready for Christmas Underwater.

Now – December 23
Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM and 2:15 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 AM, 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM

December 24 – December 25
Daily: 12:15 PM

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Sit with one of Scuba Santa’s El-fish helpers as they read the story of the world’s tallest underwater Christmas tree.

Now – December 23
Monday – Friday: 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM

December 24 – December 25
Daily: 1:30 PM

December 26 – December 30
Daily: 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM

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SCUBA SANTA

Watch Scuba Santa as he swims alongside magnificent sharks, incredible sea turtles and graceful stingrays in the Aquarium’s 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit!

Now – December 23
Daily: 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM

December 24 – December 25
Daily: 2:15 PM

December 26 – December 30
Daily: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM

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LET IT SNOW

Enjoy magical indoor snow flurries.

Now – December 23
Monday – Friday, every hour, on the hour between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday, every hour, on the hour between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

December 24 – December 25
Daily: 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM

December 26 – December 30
Every hour, on the hour between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

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MILK & COOKIE “DRY-SIDE” EVENTS

Pose for photos with Santa and enjoy ice cold milk and warm cookies while they exploring the magic that is Christmas Underwater! This event is the ONLY time guests will have the opportunity to meet Santa on land!

December 8, 9 and 15
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

The event is free for members (RSVP required); non-members can purchase tickets ahead of time at www.adventureaquarium.com or at the door (Adult $33.99, Child: $26.99).

We can’t wait to see you at the aquarium!

Scuba Santa is Back at Adventure Aquarium!

Christmas is just around the corner, which means the team here at Adventure Aquarium is gearing up for our annual Christmas Underwater extravaganza, kicking off in just 3 days! Scuba Santa and his helpers have been hard at work to bring you and your family the most immersive, magical Christmas experience.

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From November 23 until December 30, the aquarium will transform into an underwater winter wonderland featuring larger-than-life decorations, glowing trees and hundreds of twinkling lights throughout 8 of your favorite exhibits. There’s even magical indoor snow expected to fall every hour, on the hour, for you to dance and play in!

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Scuba Santa will be making the most underwater appearances in aquarium history this year, so be sure to come visit him in Ocean Realm this season as he swims alongside sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and more spreading holiday cheer – and don’t forget to stop to take an underwater selfie with him!

Don’t forget! See the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree – which stands 18 feet tall! The tree is decorated with over 100 lights, as well as 400 artificial and custom-sculpted corals, thanks to the help of Scuba Santa’s trusty underwater elves.

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Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Scuba Santa during his weekend “dry side” meet-and-greets, where he’ll hand up his scuba gear and take photos with guests. To spend more time with Scuba Santa, members and VIP ticket holders can join us for Milk and Cookies with Santa on Friday, November 30 from 5:00-8:30 p.m. and December 8, 9 and 15 from 8:00-9:30 a.m!

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You can also mail a letter to Scuba Santa during your visit by dropping your personalized wishes into a special mailbox in the Ocean Realm. Scuba Santa will even reply with a message just for you – just be sure to include an email address in your letter and place it in the mailbox by Saturday, December 22!

All activities, with the exception of Milk and Cookies with Santa, are included with a general admission ticket.

We can’t wait to share the magic of Christmas Underwater with you – and hope to see you soon!

THE MERMAIDS HAVE ARRIVED

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Now until November 11th, you can experience the magical world of mermaids at Adventure Aquarium! Watch real-life mermaids as they swim among the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, as well as stingrays and hundreds of fish.

Until November 11, you’ll find mermaids Amira, Kai, Nixie, Lelu and more mermaid friends swimming in our 550,000 Shark Realm, which houses nearly 30 sharks (including blacktip sharks, sandbar sharks, sand tiger sharks and nurse sharks!) as well as 200 other animals.

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When the mermaids aren’t busy swimming with their underwater friends, you can find them on dry land during daily meet and greets at the Blue Mile. Come say hi and take a picture with the mermaid of your choice! The mermaids will also share tips for how you can help protect their home – the ocean – and improve the lives of all the creatures that live there.

That’s not all – this year, we invite you to become a mermaid with our Mermaids VIP Encounter! Join us in the Skyline Room and enjoy a deluxe face painting, including one-of-a-kind gems and glitter with your choice of either an LED hair tinsel or crown! You can also try on a magical mermaid tail and complete your look with an enchanting mermaid wand, and show off your creativity by creating a special mermaid-themed craft during your visit. Not only that – we’ll have cake and mermaid punch or lemonade for all of our guests, which comes in a take-home souvenir cup.

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For a full list of events, click here. Our mermaids can’t wait to see you at the aquarium!

MERMAIDS ARE BACK!

Do you believe in mermaids?

With most of our planet covered by water, it’s no wonder that the oceans have been believed to hide mysterious creatures like mermaids. Centuries ago, sailors and residents of coastal towns around the world first told stories of encountering mermaids – in fact, there are a few dozen significant historical claims of mermaid sightings. These legendary sea creatures have long fascinated humans – mermaids have even appeared in cave paintings from the late Stone Age period, some 30,000 years ago!

While modern mermaid reports are very rare, they do occur. For example, as recently as 2009, news reports claimed that a mermaid had been sighted off the coast of Israel, in the town of Kiryat Yam.

Luckily, next week, you won’t have to go far to look for mermaids.

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From Saturday, November 3 through Sunday, November 11, Adventure Aquarium guests will have the unique opportunity to be mesmerized by mermaids from the windows of Currents Ballroom, as they dive in our 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit (the largest shark exhibit on the East Coast!) and glide past sharks, stingrays and glittering schools of menhaden.

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Visitors will even have the opportunity to meet the mermaids (outside of the water) and pose for photos. Not only that – our mermaids are just as committed as we are to ocean conservation and improving the health of the world’s oceans for the animals that live there, and they can’t wait to share ways that our guests can help protect the oceans, long after their visit.

New this year, you can do more than just meet our mermaids – you can become one! Experience the magical world of Mermaids like never before with our immersive and exclusive Mermaids VIP Encounter, which includes a deluxe face painting, including one-of-a-kind gems and glitter with your choice of an LED hair tinsel or crown. You can also try on a magical mermaid tail and complete your look with an enchanting mermaid wand! For a full list of events, click here.

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While stories of them may be ancient, mermaids can still be seen today in many forms outside of the aquarium, whether it be in paintings, films or books — and maybe even in the ocean waves, if we look close enough!

 

Scuba Santa’s Grand Entrance – Friday, November 30

As we heard from Gill last week, Scuba Santa will be making his official 2012 Christmas Celebration debut on Friday, November 30.

And leave it to Scuba Santa to do it in spectacularly grand style.  Not satisfied to simply arrive via sleigh, Santa wants to make a real “splash” this year. From the moment he arrives at in the heart of Philadelphia from an express train from the North Pole, to a thrilling boat ride across the river to the Camden Waterfront, to his eventual arrival at Adventure Aquarium on top of a big, red fire engine – greeted by hoards of screaming fans no less! – Scuba Santa wants to be absolutely certain that everyone knows he has arrived for the 2012 holiday season!

The Schedule

Scuba Santa’s day of festivities kick off when he arrives via the 7:30 am train into 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. From there, he will make his way around the City for a bit of sightseeing and errands, including stops at Love Park, Reading Terminal Market (to buy – among other things – broccoli for Bob the Loggerhead Sea Turtle!) and the Independence Visitor Center.

Scuba Santa’s official escort from the City of Philadelphia to the Camden Waterfront and Adventure Aquarium? None other than the Camden Fire Department, who will pick up Scuba Santa from Penn’s Landing at 10:15 am to transport him on their fire boat – complete with water cannons that shoot water 20 feet (!) into the air; and then on land…a big, red fire engine to take him from the Marina to the Aquarium entrance!

Meanwhile, at Adventure Aquarium, a welcoming committee including Camden Mayor Dana Redd, kiddos and Annual Passholders will be ready to greet Scuba Santa with homemade signs and cheers. The event culminates with Santa heading inside the Aquarium where he will inject a bit of Christmas “magic” into the day, making it snow – INSIDE! –  to kick off Gill’s Holiday Dance Party. Followed by Scuba Santa’s very first dive at Adventure Aquarium for the 2012 season!

Win Tickets!

Snap a photo of Scuba Santa around the city of Philadelphia and share it with us on Twitter @AdventureAqua. That afternoon, one lucky entry will win a 4-pack of tickets to Adventure Aquarium to experience our Christmas Celebration. Be sure to include the hash tag #ScubaSanta with your tweet.

Want to spot Scuba Santa? Here is a full list of his Philly appearances: 30th Street Station, Suburban Station, LOVE Park, City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, Independence Visitor Center and Penn’s Landing. 

Stay Connected!

Follow along on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates as we track Scuba Santa on Friday and share news and photos as he makes his way from Philadelphia to Adventure Aquarium.

Adventure Aquarium Teams Up with 5 Gyres to Fight Marine Pollution

Take a look around. Most of what we eat, drink, or use comes packaged in petroleum plastic- a material designed to last forever, yet used for products that we then throw away daily. What happens to all of this plastic?  Unfortunately, roughly 50 percent of the plastic produced in the world is currently buried in landfills and much of it remains “unaccounted for,” lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea.

On Monday, October 15, representatives from Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront and 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour are teaming up to help educate and inspire the public about the dangers of marine plastic pollution.  From 9:30 am to 11:30 am, volunteers from Adventure Aquarium, 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour and the Jersey Shore Chapter of the SurfRider Foundation will come together to host a local “River Sweep” at Michael J Doyle Park on the Camden, NJ Waterfront. The public clean-up effort is being held to help raise awareness about the dangers of marine pollution and to inspire area residents to act locally against marine pollution.

Immediately following (at 11:45 am), the public is invited to attend a FREE presentation by 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour in Adventure Aquarium’s CURRENTS Ballroom, which offers views into the Aquarium’s 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit.  Presenters will speak, firsthand, about the Tour, a 1,400-mile bicycle ride being held to help educate and inspire solutions to the marine plastic pollution problem plaguing the world’s oceans.  The group also aims to provide practical tips to help reduce plastic consumption and waste with the ultimate goal of protecting our oceans– and ultimately ourselves.

“We’re thrilled be able to come together with representatives from 5 Gyres and Surf Rider to bring much-needed awareness to the issue of plastic pollution,”  said Dave Littlehale, Zoological Manager at Adventure Aquarium.  “Working together as a team, we hope to inspire future generations to carry on a legacy of ocean protection.”

5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour is riding from Boston, MA to Charleston, SC in an effort to bring attention to this critically important topic.  At each of the cities, 5 Gyres is conducting a clean-up and doing a presentation on plastic packaging and the pollution risk plastics pose to marine life.  Philadelphia is the 6th stop on this multi-city tour.

To learn more about opportunities to volunteer for the River Sweep on October 15th, call Adventure Aquarium at (856) 365-3300.  To attend the FREE Marine Pollution presentation by 5 Gyres Last Straw Bike Tour, simply come to Adventure Aquarium’s CURRENTS Ballroom at 11:45 am on Monday, October 15th.  The presentation will begin at 12:00 pm.